V-S board hears of ‘fit families’ program happening today

Vanguard-Sentinel Board of Education met Thursday night at Sentinel Career and Technology Center and heard a presentation by three members of the medical technology program.

Megan Somodi and Ashley Perry of Calvert and Caitlyn Huffman of Columbian praised the medical technology program and offered an invitation to the board members to attend a program they put together for today at Sentinel entitled “Fit Families for Life.” Zanya Foco, dietitian and motivational speaker, is to give an hour-long presentation at 12:30 p.m. following a free lunch.

A $5,000 grant from National Machinery and Tiffin Charitable foundations made the program possible, according to the students.

Superintendent Greg Edinger said the students were “very pivotal” in getting the event up and running. Medical technology instructor Sandy Reinhart said there are seats available.

It was announced 14 students will be going to state competition with Edinger commenting, “they shined at the regional competitions.” Their program, “Childhood Obesity: Community At Risk” included 75 letters delivered to doctors offices and restaurants with healthy menu choices. Donations were accepted totaling $1,535, of which $205 was from Calvert with students donating $1 each to avoid having to wear a uniform for one day.

Northwest Regional Job Skills competition was hosted at Sentinel, which included 34 contests, 200 judges and 600 students. Eleven gold, five silver and two bronze medals were awarded from Sentinel and two gold, three silver and seven bronze from Vanguard. About 95 students plan to attend state competition in April.

The board approved a consent agenda, which included:

Resignations from Elizabeth Schank, Columbian CBI instructor, effective Sunday, and Patricia Tornow, Vanguard cashier, effective March 31 due to retirement.

Certified supplemental employment contracts for the remainder of the school year to substitute instructors Lisa Davis, Kiri Dicken, Charlene Fought, Maria Guerra and Lynn Ritter.

Classified supplemental contracts to custodians Gene Englehart and Kassandra Meyers.

Cooperative agreements for next year with Northwest Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center.

Donations of a machinist’s cutter and inserts from UPM Inc., Alvada; assorted steel from Arnold Machine Inc., Tiffin; $50 from Jason and Christine Vermillion, Arlington; a 2002 Dodge Caravan mini-van from Christine Hufford, Fremont; and two boxes feed tubes from Chris Burns, Fremont.

Also Thursday, the board approved an advance from the General Fund to the OSFC Project Construction Fund of $38,000.

In his report, Edinger said there will be a districtwide inservice, including Camp Glen programs, motivational speaker Michael Thompson, and an introduction to student growth measures.

District treasurer Alan Binger reported results of a 2012 state audit has been reported to the district, showing no citations but two recommendations, including instituting an audit committee and classifying construction and progress on the GAP report. The audit was performed at no cost to the district.

Next meeting is 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the Administration Center, Vanguard, Fremont.